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How to Get Stains Out of Soccer Jerseys

Soccer jerseys can end up nasty, especially if they're white, covered in grass, dirt, and mud stains. Learn how to remove stains from soccer uniforms.

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My son’s white 100 percent polyester soccer uniform is dirt-stained.  How can I safely bleach it?


I have good news for you: polyester fibers can be safely bleached with Clorox® Regular Bleach2.  Chances are the shirt also has a player number and maybe even a name.  If those components are screen prints, then they should also be bleachable.  If they are sewn on, then as long as the shirt’s care label says “100 % polyester” and not “100% polyester exclusive of trim” then the shirt should still be bleachable and you can proceed as follows:

  • Start by rinsing away loose soil and ground-in dirt. 
  • If the shirt is really dirty, then you could use a bleach soaking solution to really jump start cleaning.  For this, use ¼ cup bleach per gallon of water and fully submerge the shirt for 5 minutes. 
  • Drain the soaking solution and then wash the shirt in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent + ¾ cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2
  • If you have localized dirt stains, you could skip the bleach soak and instead pretreat the stains directly using Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel—rub a little of the gel into the stains and then immediately wash the shirt using detergent + ¾ bleach. 

Whatever you do, though, never apply bleach full strength to the shirt or any fabric!